Overnight into Sunday, Sergey Zhvachkin, the Governor of the Tomsk region, opened the Day of Janis
28 июня, 10:14
Overnight into June 24, Sergey Zhvachkin, the Governor, opened the national Estonian holiday called the Day of Janis in the settlement of Beryozovka, Pervomaiskiy area of the Tomsk region.
The tradition of celebrating the Day of Janis in Beryozovka is over a hundred years. The settlement was founded in 1902 by Estonian resettlers, and from its earliest days celebrated the summer solstice holiday in every family. For the last 30 years, the Day of Janis is celebrated on a picturesque glade on the outskirts of Beryozovka.
“It is almost night outside, but we are welcoming a day – the Day of Janis,” Sergey Zhvachkin, the Governor of the Tomsk region addressed the participants and the guests of the holiday. “We are lucky to live in a unique country and a unique region. Representatives of 140 nationalities live in our region. Each nationality has its own clothes, cuisine and songs, but all of them have good and open heart. No wonder that the festival of Estonian culture is attended by representatives of many various nationalities living on the Tomsk land”.
In 2016, with the support from regional and local authorities, an ethnic village “Janis hamlet” was built near Beryozovka. The festive program of the Day of Janis embraced the abundant locations of the homestead and the stage of the festival glade with on-stage performance groups from national and cultural autonomies of the Tomsk region and other regions.
In 2016, a threshing barn, a windmill, a sweep well and market stalls were built here. Last year saw the construction of “Martyn’s yard” (an open terrace for cooking national dishes), guest house, bridge over a creek, sculptural composition “Stork nest”, and wooden sculptures of mythical Estonian characters. This year also added new objects to “Janis hamlet”: a ba nya, swing set, and a large gazebo. The ethnical and cultural complex was decorated with wooden sculptures of a family of hedgehogs and a troll.
Sergey Zhvachkin, the Governor, wend round the festival glade along with the head of Pervomaiskiy area Irina Sibert and the head of the local folk art house Lyudmila Bogens. Head of the region talked to many participants and guests of the “Janis day” and later joined them to see a colorful hour-and-a-half concert.
“In turbulent 90s people were mostly indifferent to one another. Now we are more attentive and kind, we are interested in culture and traditions of other nations. It means that “Janis day” and many other national festivals in our region will happen!” said Sergey Zhvachkin.
There are 320 residents in the settlement of Beryozovka, Pervomaisky area, 80 of which are Estonians who speak the Estonian language. In total, there are over 500 ethnic Estonians in the Tomsk region.